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Where To Buy The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp At The Lowest Price?

The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp

Why Buy A The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp?
A stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off perfect jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New Yorks shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

Robinsons principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is Rocks Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogarts fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, shes intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as the Professor, becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while Rocks is visibly jealous of the fastidious strangers rising influence and romantic rivalry.

In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. –Sam Sutherland

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Warner Brothers Brother Orchid starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Ann Sothern Donald Crisp Ralph Bellamy – Save 10% Today!

Brother Orchid starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Ann Sothern Donald Crisp Ralph Bellamy

Why Buy A Brother Orchid starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Ann Sothern Donald Crisp Ralph Bellamy?
Racket Boss John Sarto, tired of gang violence, quits and goes to Europe for culture. His fortune soon dissipated by European swindlers, he returns to the old mob; but new boss Jack Burns finds him strictly superfluous. Narrowly escaping being rubbed out, Sarto is taken in by the monastery of the Little Brothers of the Flower. His unique talents prove very useful to the monks…especially when Sartos old mob forces them out of the flower market.

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  • With lots of spiffy patter and a colorful array of underworld types, Brother Orchid spoofs the gangster genre as it serves its most hard- boiled crime icon sunnyside up. Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar) plays racketeer Little John Sarto, who poses as Brother Orchid and lays low at a monastery when a turf war gets hot. Humphrey Bogart, on the verge of The Maltese Falcon stardom, again plays a sec

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Edward G. Robinson is somewhat cast against type in this film. It has been years since I have seen this movie; it’s never been one that has received much exposure via television. It’s a real treat to see Robinson take a turn at comedy; something he didn’t do often but he had the skills to do it. Brother Orchid was released in 1940 & was directed by Lloyd Bacon. It’s presented in the full screen format (1.33:1) & is in black & white.

Little John Sarto (Edward G. Robinson) has had enough of the rackets after someone in his Protection Agency has knocked someone off. He decides to retire, go to Europe & get some real class. After five years & broke (he’s made some incredibly bad investments), he decides to return to New York City & become the head of his Protection Agency again. His former pals welcome him with open arms but it’s only a ploy. Jack Buck (Humphrey Bogart, who was still a couple of years away from superstardom) has him thrown out on his ear. Flo Addams (Ann Sothern in a hilarious role) is his long suffering girlfriend. She appeals to Buck that he & Sarto should make up & become partners again. Buck agrees but it’s all a set up in order to eliminate Sarto. The hit fails but just barely. Sarto ends up at a monastery becoming Brother Orchid. Brother Superior (Donald Crisp) takes him on as a monk with some funny consequences, everything has an angle & a hustle to Sarto. After hiding in the monastery for a few months Sarto reads that Flo is going to marry a hick cowboy from Montana, Clarence Fletcher (Ralph Bellamy). Fletcher had already been in some scenes earlier in the movie. The scene where he’s driving Flo & Sarto to the sanitarium to get Willie the Knife (Allen Jenkins) is a riot, he’s doing bird calls while Flo & Sarto are in the backseat talking. Ralph Bellamy made a living out of playing the “other guy” who never gets the girl. I don’t know for sure but this might be the only movie where Bellamy DID get the girl! I won’t spoil the ending for you but it’s really a change of pace for Eddie G.!

There are some bonus features on the disc. There’s an audio commentary track & several short subjects: A vintage newsreel,”Henry Busse & His Orchestra” (musical short); two cartoons, “Busy Bakers” (color) & “Slap Happy Pappy” (b&w Porky Pig) & two trailers, one of Brother Orchid & one of It All Came True. The film restoration is excellent as is the audio track.

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Loved this movie…I am a huge Edward G Robinson fan…this is one of his best.

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